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Kevin Love looks to go the distance on FSN's Sport Science

April 10, 2009 |  7:52 pm

Kevin Love and John Brenkus on the set of FSN's Sport Science. Kevin Love became an instant legend at UCLA thanks to his outlet passing -- a talent that depended on his upper-body strength.

But with a different angle of release, Love discovered that he could also hit the basket from just about anywhere on the court. His practice shots were a big hit with fans while gearing up for the NCAA tournament in Anaheim in 2008.

This weekend, Sport Science will test him out from the NBA-record range of 89 feet. The show airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.

Also on this week's episode: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will pit his accuracy against an Olympic archer;  Galaxy forward Edson Buddle will see whether a blocked punt is a harder hit than a soccer ball to the head; and boxer Chad Dawson will test his speed against a western diamondback rattlesnake.

You can't make this stuff up, but John Brenkus can. The host and show creator often serves as the subject of the show's experiments. Check out his choked-out, rag-doll moments on the new season's promo video.

When the show started on FSN last year, it was easily the most expensive program on the network. They got what they paid for -- a very entertaining show with high production value. It's even educational; the show has a deal with Cable in the Classroom.

Several other UCLA Bruins came on for the show's first season, including Jason Kapono, Jordan Farmar, and Maurice Jones-Drew. According to Brenkus, athletes aren't paid for their appearances, but they leave with something far more valuable -- scientific insight into their game.

Season two has only been on the air for a few weeks, and they're already setting their sights on next year. The company behind the show, BASE Productions, just opened a new studio to conduct more experiments.

-- Adam Rose

Photo: Kevin Love and John Brenkus on the set of FSN's Sport Science. Credit: BASE Productions.